Saturday, 25 June 2016

Risk it with Ravijot - Talk 02, Sudhanshu Trivedi

In Talk 02 of 'Risk it with Ravijot' listen to how BJP spokesperson Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi replied on the controversial questions related to Ram Mandir, rise of Hindu 'Fanatics', Arvind Kejriwal and overall performance of the Modi Govt.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Informal meeting of the Dr. Vijay Chauthaiwale (Incharge of Foreign Affair Department, BJP) with the African heads of missions and senior officials of Delhi Police

Foreign Affairs Dept of BJP organized an informal get-together with Mission Heads of various African countries along with senior officials of Delhi Police with an objective to further strengthen the bond between India & African countries and also to discuss about the recent unfortunate instances of attacks on some African students happened in Delhi.

The event was attended by the High commissioners of Kenya, Uganda, Ethoipia, Congo and the political counsellor of South Africa and Second counsellor of Rwanda. BJP National spokesperson Shri Sudhanshu Trivedi and Dr Vijay Chauthaiwale (Incharge, foreign affairs department, BJP were also present on this occasion.

In his Opening remarks, Dr. Vijay Chauthaiwale welcomed all the dignitaries and reassured all the representatives of African missions that relationship between Africa & India is stronger than ever. He also said that BJP condemns such instances in the strongest possible way and any attempt to disturb harmony between the two nations will not be spared either by the government or by the Police authorities as well as or by the people of India.

Dr. Chauthaiwale also informed about the past and upcoming visits of Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Honourable President Pranav Mukherjee & Honourable Vice President Hamid Ansari to various African countries with the purpose to strengthen the bilateral relations and brotherhood between both the countries.

All the heads of African missions too appreciated prompt action and efforts of Delhi police and Indian government in response to recent tragic attacks on African students. They also reaffirmed strong India Africa relations and expressed confidence that they will be further strengthened in near future.

Later, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police Mr. R P Upadhyay also reiterated commitment to safety and security of each African citizen in Delhi and also described various measures taken by Delhi police to build the confidence.

At the end, Mr. Sudhanshu trivedi, National spokesperson, BJP, in his closing remarks said that India is the country which respect all the humans equally regardless of religion, race and colour because Indians belong to a culture which believes in the message of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”means “whole world is one Family”. He also reassured all the African heads of the missions that after the HPM Narendra Modi upcoming visit to African countries, the golden era of Indo-Africa relations is yet to come.

The event was coordinated by Shri Jatinder Sehgal and Shri Kapil Kumaria.

This Press Release is Originally Posted on BJP.ORG


Saturday, 11 June 2016

Ahead of Rajya Sabha polls, parties on edge, keep fingers crossed

NEW DELHI: On the eve of the crucial Rajya Sabha polls, official candidates of mainstream parties remained on the edge on Friday for fear over possible cross-voting and support of independents who hold the key in some places.

While BJP pulled all stops to manage the numbers for Independents it has covertly supported, a sense of unease prevails among other parties which have kept their legislators in good humour. However, BJP itself is feeling the heat in Rajasthan, where its 160 MLAs have been kept huddled in a hotel for the past three days.

Samajwadi Party and BSP in Uttar Pradesh, too, have been heaving lavish hospitality on their MLAs, including sumptuous meals. With seven candidates in the fray, the ruling SP has been the most hospitable to its legislators. For the last three days, the MLAs had party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for company over dinner.

BSP chief Mayawati has been equally generous, interacting with media as well as party legislators. BSP has held three meetings with party MLAs in the past one week while Mayawati addressed the media twice.

Although, BSP has supported Congress nominees in Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh, the party is still silent about its 12 votes which could be crucial for Congress nominee Kapil Sibal, who is short of the required 34 votes. "Who we support will be clear after the results come out," Mayawati told reporters in Lucknow on Thursday.

There are 12 candidates against 11 vacancies in UP, where BJP-supported independent, Preeti Mahapatra, has created a flutter. Sibal, despite being short of the required numbers, is likely to romp home with possible support of BSP and RLD.

The SP has fielded seven candidates but its seventh candidate is short of nine first-preference votes. BJP spokesperson
Sudhanshu Trivedi said the RS polls have exposed parties opposed to the NDA. "BSP is supporting Congress candidates but the two parties claim to be rivals. They should clear this ambiguity," he said.

Congress has declared support for independent candidate Kamal Morarka in Rajasthan where BJP has kept 160 MLAs in a hotel at Ajmer Road on the outskirts of Jaipur.

Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot claimed that jammers had been installed around the hotel, where CM Vasundhara Raje and some of her ministerial colleagues are camping with the legislators.

"Government functioning has come to standstill as most of the ministers have been asked to take care of MLAs," said Pilot. He said his party's 24 MLAs would support Morarka so that there is no walkover to the BJP candidates.

Congress has formally decided to support INLD candidate, Supreme Court lawyer, RK Anand in Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana. "To defeat BJP supported candidate, it will be pertinent for us to support Anand," said Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari on Friday. He said that Anand had met the Congress leadership and had expressed faith in Congress ideology. With Congress support, while RK Anand is set to re-enter the upper house against BJP supported independent Subhash Chandra.

BJP's senior leader Vinod Gotiya, contesting as independent in Madhya Pradesh, has a fight on hand with Congress nominee and senior lawyer Vivek Tankha for the third vacancy.

Mahesh Poddar is the other BJP-supported candidate vying from Jharkhand. In Uttarakhand, two independents — Gita Thakur and Anil Goel — are in the fray. However, BJP has distanced itself from them.

As against its 14 retiring members from different states, BJP may get 18 seats — a net gain of four seats. Overall, Congress (60 MPs) is likely to continue to be the largest party in RS, but the tally of UPA may for the first time be lower than that of NDA.

This Blog is Originally Posted on Time OF India

BJP plays down buzz over projecting Rajnath Singh as CM face for UP

Playing down all speculations over projecting Home Minister Rajnath Singh as the face of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the party said on Friday that the party ranks were full of capable leaders.

There has been a lot of buzz over the chief ministerial candidate for the crucial polls and Singh, the last BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh, is being seen as a “natural” face by many due to his experience. The top party leaders, however, have maintained a studied silence over the issue.

Party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told at a press conference, “We have many capable leaders,” parrying questions over the issue.

“Whenever a decision is taken, parliamentary board will convey it to you,” he said.
The party’s comments came on a day when Singh also insisted that there is no dearth of capable people in the party as he chose to downplay talks about him.

“UP mein kabil chehron ke koi kami nahi hai (There is no dearth of capable faces in UP),” he said in Lucknow when asked about BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for the 2017 Assembly polls.
Singh in the past has said he was not keen on returning to state politics. However, it is almost certain that he will play a prominent role during the campaign.

Party President Amit Shah had recently said that the BJP was yet to decide whether a chief ministerial candidate should be projected or not.

Trivedi, though, pointed out that Singh after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah had campaigned most in Assam and Bihar polls as well.

Though its success in Assam has fuelled talks within the party that the formula of projecting a face will be repeated in Uttar Pradesh too, the lack of a candidate with appeal across the country’s most populous state can be a hindrance.

A BJP leader also pointed out that it has done poorly in the last three polls despite projecting a CM pick, Singh in 2002, Kalyan Singh in 2007 and Uma Bharti in 2012.

Bharti was not officially announced as a candidate and was part of a quartet, including Singh, Kalraj Mishra and Surya Pratap Shahi. But her OBC credentials and the party’s decision to task her with reviving the party in the state had created the impression of she being in charge of its campaign.

Many believe that the party needs to project a leader to counter Mulayam Singh Yadav-led SP and Mayawati-led BSP, two leaders with wide appeal.

This News is Originally Posted on The Indian Express

Why is BSP, Congress silent on Mathura clashes?: BJP

NEW DELHI: Attacking BSP and Congress on their "silence" over the Mathura clashes, BJP today alleged that they were trying to save the Samajwadi Party government in UP as because of their understanding to help each other in the Rajya Sabha polls.   
"It appears that all these parties are trying to save the Samajwadi Party government... Probably a reason is that in the Rajya Sabha polls, SP is supporting Congress and BSP too is supporting it in some states," BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said, referring to understanding among SP, BSP, Congress and Ajit Singh-led RLD.      
"Why are you silent? Is it because the religion and caste of the killed is not of help in fulfilling your political ambitions," he said at a press conference here.   
Trivedi said the silence of these parties is as much to blame as the UP government. He also attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the issue, saying he otherwise speaks on all national and international issues but has maintained a surprising silence on the violence.      

Citing a sting shown by a private channel to hit out at the Akhilesh Yadav government, he said it was left with no face-saver now.    
"It is clear now that what happened in Mathura was not due to negligence but part of a conspiracy," he said.    
BJP alleged that sting has "exposed" the ruling party's collusion with Mathura's Jawahar Bagh encroachers.       
The party also asked the state government to immediately recommend a CBI inquiry so that truth could come out.     
"The sting has exposed the Chief Minister and his government. He had blamed officers for the violence. Now it has emerged that over 80 intelligence inputs were sent to the government but it did not act because it was in collusion with land mafia," BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma claimed.   

The sting operation purportedly showed intelligence officials saying they had informed the state government about threats posed by the well-armed encroachers, who were also part of a sect.
Dwivedi rejected the state government's decision to appoint a one-man commission as an attempt for "cover up".       

He said a senior state minister, who is also a member of the ruling family, was part of the conspiracy behind this "institutional land grabbing" by SP. BJP has earlier blamed Shivpal Yadav, Akhilesh's uncle and a Cabinet minister, for the Mathura episode.